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HI operates with many partners inside Syria, providing rehabilitation and psychosocial support to people with disabilities and people injured by violence. The association also conducts clearance operations and risk education sessions to prevent accidents caused by explosive remnants of war. 

Syrian woman of 16, paralized by Homs bombings

Syrian woman of 16, paralized by Homs bombings | © Layla Aerts / Handicap International

Actions in process

HI launched its response to the Syrian crisis first in neighbouring countries - Lebanon and Jordan - in May 2012 and started conducting operations inside Syria in November 2012. Tehn, I extended its operations to include Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan in summer 2014.
Today, HI provides physical rehabilitation as well as psychosocial support to persons with disabilities and injured people, which includes the provision of assistive devices, prosthetic and orthotic services. HI brings psychosocial supports to caregivers of people with disabilities. The association also promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian action. The association also support people with disabilities through cash for work activities and improve their inclusion to work. 
HI also conducts clearance operations and manage risk education awareness campaign to the populations to prevent accidents caused by explosive remnants of war. 

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Situation of the country

Map of HI interventions in Syria

Almost 400,000 of people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which began in spring 2011.

There are nearly 13 million displaced people (internally or abroad). More than 14 million are still in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria and more than 4,8 million Syrians have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. With the devastating impact of the pandemic and increasing poverty, every day is an emergency for Syrians forced to flee. Access to essential services and care, particularly those with injuries, disabled people and people with chronic diseases are very difficult. Obstacles to case-managing Syrian civilians include damage to local infrastructure because of the fighting, travel restrictions placed on civilians, and the inability of international humanitarian organisations to launch large-scale operations due to the current situation on the field, particularly in terms of access and security.

Date the programme opened: 2012

Number of HI staff members: 335

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